I hate exercise. Hate. But exercise (or rather muscle building) is routine for Willow. And most of the time… she does it with a smile on her face. Most of the time.
Hypotonia… low muscle tone… is one of the characteristics of Down syndrome. It’s something that will get better as Willow grows and builds strength… but it will never go away. And as I said earlier… Willow usually enjoys physical therapy. She gets to bounce on a ball… play with certain toys… get lots of praise and kisses. But lately… she’s discovered that some of the things we’re telling her are “fun” are actually a lot of work. Frustration is taking over for everyone… Willow… me… her therapists. Tears are plentiful. Blah. But enough about the lows of low muscle tone. Today… I am going to focus on the high.
Willow is the most cuddly kid I know. Her hugs are heavy… involving her whole body. They are an instant pick-me-up. Most children her age (14 months at the time of this post) still like a good cuddle… but are usually so interested in exploring the world around them that they aren’t interested in hugging too long. Not my Willow. While she’s a lover by nature… I know her low muscle tone plays a role. She falls into our arms easily… and is often content to stay there. I sometimes think God gave me Willow… because my other kiddos are growing up too quickly and aren’t fulfilling my need for cuddle time. This is where my husband would say “Hey! What am I… chopped liver? I’m always game for cuddle time!”